I love chairs. Chairs are like people, they each have a unique personality. Some are serious, some quirky, some are feminine while others are masculine. Some are quiet, others are loud and quite noticeable… you get the picture.
A great chair can be the inspiration for a room, or just what is needed to complete and make a space special and interesting.
Don’t you just love these turquoise Klismos inspired chairs! What a statement they make. Love them paired with the empire settee against that wall of framed black and white maps. Nods to several periods of furniture and architecture in this room. Great timeless appeal from Elle Decor.
Another great room from Elle Decor. Terrific black leather side chairs are a major player in this black and white themed room.
Love these chairs from More than Classic!
Every time I see a great chair, I envision designing a room around it. So, I did a little shopping to share some great chairs with you. I hope they inspire you to look at how chairs can make your spaces great! . Enjoy the eye candy!!!
This is a new chair reflecting the style of seventeenth-century Renaissance chairs. I love it for its masculine feel and historical reference. Very timeless in appeal! It would look great in a living space with neutral linen covered upholstered pieces, a great old Oushak area rug…Can you see it?
Love, love, love an Adam’s style chair! This one is from England c. 1900. It is Satinwood with painted trailing flowers on the shield back and along the tapering legs. During the neoclassical period, original Adam’s chairs (late 1700’s) were specially designed for each client. Adam’s aim was, in his own words, “to transfuse the beautiful spirit of antiquity with novelty and variety.” Of that he truly succeeded and was copied by many. What a timeless jewel this chairs is!
This is a rare Mahogany Klismos chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar (USA 1940’s). Love the hair on cowhide seat! The Klismos chair was developed by the ancient Greeks. It is a refined and elegant chair that over the centuries has seen many revivals (as in this example). Truly a timeless style!
So feminine, this Louis XVI painted and gilded Neoclassic Italian (18th century) side chair with oval shaped back and floral carving on the seat rail would be a great addition to a dressing table in a bedroom or bathroom. Equally great as a women’s desk chair.
A pair of English (1860), mahogany Chinese Chippendale style side chairs with leather
upholstered seats. Notice the fine relief carving on back rail & splat sets. The Gothic Revival carving on the legs adds a nice touch of geometry to the overall appearance. Chippendale, always a classic!
Now we jump from the 1860’s England to the 1950’s USA. This s a great Mid Century Modern chrome and leather chair. Use a pair of them in a living space, or the four that are available for an interesting dining group.
Look at this interesting pair of Austrian ebonized barrel back armchairs from Austria (circa 1910). Love the barrel back form with alternating pierced back splats and plain back splats, and the woven cord seats that are raised on square tapering legs.
Here is a most unusual and unique Early (19th century American) Wing Back Chair. It has nice details on legs and form. This is a great chair for many spaces—living room, , dining room, kitchen, library, or bedroom.
Now here is a quirky chair! A definite conversation piece, this Unique antler chair (England late 20th century) is designed with Fallow Deer antlers from Scotland. It is a work of art with naturally curved antler pieces forming the chair back, deep cordovan brown leather seat and carved wood front legs designed as animal hooves. Great piece for a library or foyer of a mountain home.
English cane seat chair (England c.1880). What a pretty lacquer chair with Mother of Pearl inlay. I love the swoop of the back and the curve of the legs. A sweet piece of jewelry for the right room!
Here is a very charming French side or occasional chair (France, c.1940) with gilded X back and bronze medallion, up on gilded ball feet. In the style of Ramsay, Prou, Arbus, one of the designers of the French 40’s. What a darling, yet edgy design. Never out of style…timeless!
Travel is a great passion and design inspiration for me. Here are some chairs I photographed on a trip I took to Ireland about four years ago…enjoy my travel pics!
Another great passion of mine is books about furniture and architecture. One of my favorites is Chairs: A History by Florence de Dampierre, a birthday gift from my husband (he knows me so well!). I am an art, architecture, and furniture history nut, so this book was a great addition to my library (which you can visit in my bookstore at left and purchase for yourself!). It is a wonderful read that intertwines the history of culture and society, with the history of seating from the ancient world to the present. The best part about this marvelous book is the abundance of gorgeous photographs to be enjoyed from cover to cover!
Hope you enjoyed my chairs!